Incorporating New Technology, Cal OES Type I Fire Engines Get an Upgrade


California experiences a variety of major disasters and fire engines deployed through the California Fire and Rescue Mutual Aid System, administered by the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) are often called in to respond and provide assistance.

Type I fire engines are the largest in the Cal OES firefighting fleet and are outfitted to support many different situations and when they are due for replacement, the Cal OES Fire and Rescue Branch works to design new engines with the latest innovations.

  • Increased and improved storage as firefighters combat a year-round fire season
  • Upgraded with tools such as the jaws of life, for rescue missions
  • Upgraded lighting and technology for visibility

These fire engines are custom built vehicles, which require highly specialized manufacturing to meet the demands of use for firefighting and incident response.

In partnership with manufacturer HME Ahrens-Fox, a great deal of attention is spent at the drawing and specifications level of creation to ensure these engines are ready for deployment throughout California.


The Cal OES Fire and Rescue Branch facilitates the California Fire and Rescue Mutual Aid System to deploy its fleet of more than 270 fire engines to over 60 local partners across the state to build on the state’s capacity to respond to incidents of all types. Cal OES assigns local government fire agencies with fire apparatus to maintain surge capacity during day-to-day duties and major events and emergencies.